The EstnetNG tech prize for 16-24 year olds in Wales

Do you have a passion for technology?

Do you have an idea that uses technology and could make life easier for others?

If so the ESTnet Next Generation want to hear about it!

The ESTnetNG Tech Prize aims to help young people who have shown outstanding commitment, enthusiasm and interest in the technology field to fulfil their talent and ambition.

The award is open to individuals aged 16-24 who live, study or work in Wales and have a passion for technology.

The ESTnetNG Tech Prize is an award of up to £2000 that could be used to:

  • Bring to life an idea you have for a new technology product.
  • Contribute to the cost of an event or course that will enable you to pursue and enhance your learning.
  • Help to grow a tech-related business that you have already started.

The winner will be awarded with their Prize at the Wales Technology Awards, taking place on Thursday 3 May in Cardiff City Hall.

Your entry should include:

  • What is your idea and how will it be used? 
  • How does your idea stand out from the crowd? Is its purpose clear?
  • How well have you used your science and technology skills to put the idea together. Is it doable?
  • The prize could be awarded for an idea or a business, but it could also be for an experience that could really help you achieve your dreams in tech. How would this course/trip help you achieve your goal?
  • If you won, how will the prize-money be used?


We would like you to keep us updated with some regular blog posts that we can include on the ESTnetNG website.
We would like you to return to the Wales Technology Awards in 2019 to tell us about how the ESTnetNG Tech Prize has helped you and present the prize to next year’s winner.


1. Register at

2. Upload your video or written application of no more than a 1000 words to tell us why you deserve to win the ESTnetNG Tech Prize.


  • You must submit your entry on or before 29 March 2018.
  • You must be between 16 and 24 and living, studying or working in Wales on the 29 March 2018 (last day to enter).

Call for entries! Sky Arts Artist of the Year


Do you, or someone you know, have what it takes to become the next Sky Arts Artists of the Year?
We are on the hunt for both portrait and landscape artists to apply. Please help us spread the word via your mailing lists and social media!Deadline: Portrait Artist of the Year 2019: Friday 16th March 2018
Deadline: Landscape Artist of the Year 2018: Friday 11th May 2018
Prize: £10,000 commission to paint a portrait/landscape for a major British institution and £500 of Cass Art materials.

The new series of Portrait Artist of the Year is currently being broadcast weekly on Tuesdays at 8pm on Sky Arts. In the meantime here are some links to view a couple of episodes from the previous series to give you a flavour of what’s involved:
Portrait Artist of the Year 2017 Episode 1:
Landscape Artist of the Year 2017 Episode 1:
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Nova Cymru

Biennial Arts Prize

Entry fee  £10 – Deadline 18 September 2017


Nova aims to support and promote excellence in emerging Welsh art through offering artists under the ages of 35 the chance to have their work seen by a panel of high profile selectors, alongside being selected to exhibit their work, at the RCA, Conwy, as part of the inaugural Nova exhibition in November 2017. Alongside inclusion as part of the Nova exhibition, there are a range of prizes and bursaries for exhibitors to win.


To apply and for more information click on –

Oriel Davies Writing competition


Oriel Davies is inviting submissions of poetry and prose on the theme of Water.

The competition is open to anyone and those wishing to submit more than one piece in either category are more than welcome.

Poetry (50 lines max)              Prose (1000 words max)                       

Theme:   Water

£3 per submission

Closing Date:
04 November 2017

Chris Kinsey, celebrated nature poet
Sophie McKeand, Young People’s Laureate Wales

A £50 voucher to spend in Oriel Davies shop (1 for best poem and 1 for best prose)

The winning entries will feature on the Oriel Davies website and be read to an audience at an event in February 2018. Shortlisted writers will also be invited to participate in the readings.

Info and submission details:




Oriel Davies

Open Writing Competition

Enter Now! 

Oriel Davies is inviting submissions of poetry and prose on the theme of Water. The competition is open to anyone and those wishing to submit more than one piece in either category are more than welcome. 

Poetry (50 lines max) 
Prose (1000 words max) 

Theme: Water 

Fee: £3 per submission

Closing Date: 04 November 2017 

Chris Kinsey, celebrated nature poet 
Sophie McKeand, Young People’s Laureate Wales 

A £50 voucher to spend in Oriel Davies shop (1 for best poem and 1 for best prose) 

The winning entries will feature on the Oriel Davies website and be read to an audience at an event in February 2018. Shortlisted writers will also be invited to participate in the readings. 

Info and submission details: 

Creative Future Literary Awards



The 2017 Creative Future Literary Awards are now OPEN for submissions!

creative futuresFounded in 2013, the Creative Future Literary Awards are the UK’s only national writing competition and high profile awards ceremony for under-represented writers. We showcase talented writers who lack opportunities due to mental health issues, disability, identity or other social circumstance. Prizes are awarded for both poetry and short fiction, including £1000 of cash prizes & professional writing development support. Winners are selected by a panel of industry experts.

Submit poetry and flash fiction for the chance to win one of twelve prizes totaling over £10,000.

Open to: Poetry (200 words) and flash fiction (300 words) on the theme of ‘Important Nothings’ – a Jane Austen quote to celebrate her 200th anniversary this year.

Entry fee: Free

Prizes: Over £10,000 worth of cash and writer development prizes including mentoring via The Literary Consultancy, plus courses from Penguin Random Writers’ Academy and The Poetry School. Winners will also be published in an anthology alongside guest authors Lemn Sissay and Kit de Waal.

Closing date: 26 June 2017

Enter: Online here, in person or by post.


Click here to enter before the closing date of 26 June 2017.

Magma Poetry

Magma 69

magmaIt is with enormous pleasure that Magma is opening submissions for the d/Deaf Issue, Magma 69 supported using public funding by Arts Council England for which we are very grateful. It is a topic close to my heart – or ear – as I am medically deaf in my left ear through childhood mumps. My co-editor, Raymond Antrobus is deaf/Deaf from birth and a former pupil of a deaf school in North London. We are very excited to be dedicating this issue to poetry which explores how we hear and what we choose to hear within a society which is culturally disposed to listening only by hearing with its ears/or more recently in a Trumpian Twittersphere by shutting them. How do we hear? What do we choose to hear? What are we deaf to?
We are looking for poetry that promotes understanding of how people with varying hearing abilities interpret sound and how D/deafness could be channelled into poetry. As well as voices from people experiencing D/deafness and those from D/deaf communities, we want to hear poetry that approaches this topic in ways that make us rethink our relationship with sound and language, poetry that promotes new understandings; that rocks the cultural status quo of the hearing and d/Deaf world. Poems that break down prejudices. If you are a CODA (Child Of Deaf Adult), or have/had a d/Deaf relative, perhaps you have a story too.
If you are a d/Deaf poet who signs poems in British Sign Language or Sign Assisted English, then please submit with a link to your video as we will be posting poems on the Magma website. If you are deaf, hearing or hard of hearing, please submit your best poems on deafness from any angle. We rule nothing out, except cliché, poor jokes and poor-little-me poems. Invoking sympathy / victimhood / fetishising silence is not the aim; stimulating debate, surprise and the exchange of ideas is what will make the d/Deaf Issue amazing and talked about long after the noise has faded.
Feel free to submit up to four poems on theme for ‘The Deaf Issue’.  Off-theme poems can also be submitted.

For further details please go to:
The deadline is 30 April 2017.
Lisa Kelly and Raymond Antrobus
Editors, Magma 69

2017 Planning Groups RawFfest GŵylGrai

RawFfestAre you aged between 16 and 25 and passionate about arts in Wales?

Do you want to help plan this youth arts festival?
RawFfest GŵylGrai will take place in Llandudno from 17 – 20 August 2017.


Following the pilot festival in Newport last August, we are excited to start planning this summer’s RawFfest in Llandudno.

Would you like to help curate and programme the festival? (that is, chose exciting youth arts work and workshops for the festival)
Or to join the marketing group? (making sure everyone knows about the festival, helping to blog or tweet or Instagram, keeping Facebook up to date)
Or are you interested in the business side? (budgets, thinking how to fundraise, doing administrative jobs)
Or are you interested in event management? (stage management, logistics etc.)
Or are you based in or near to Llandudno and want to be part of the group that makes sure Llandudno’s unique personality is stamped on the festival.
RawFfest GŵylGrai is a partnership of Arts Development UK, Youth Arts Network Cymru, Newport Live, Venue Cymru and Wales Millennium Centre. We are grateful for financial support from the Arts Council of Wales and Welsh Government Major Events Unit.

Application form for young people who want to be part of organising the 2017 youth arts festival
To find out more about the festival go to

Disability Arts Cymru – Poetry Comp

DAC Poetry Competition

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We invite you to submit work that is in response to the theme of Austerity and/or Extravagance


The competition follows the same theme as this year’s DAC annual exhibition. If you would like to use the exhibition for inspiration you can view the work at:

 There will be two prizes of £50 awarded and selected poems will be part of an e-publication

The Judges are Dominic Williams and Sian Northey

You can enter via post or email, all the details of the competition can be found on our website

For more info and entry criteria – CLICK HERE